NYC Plans to Begin Composting Residential Food Waste

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New York City plans to start a residential composting program that could include 5 percent of residential households by next year. Photo: Shutterstock

Cities like Seattle and San Francisco offer residential composting services, and now the country’s largest city may offer compost collection for its residents, too.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to roll out a program that could divert 100,000 tons of the city’s food scraps annually, or 10 percent of its total residential food waste, according to the New York Times.

The plan comes on the heels of a successful organics collection pilot program that launched in May in a portion of Staten Island. Through the program, the New York City Department of Sanitation collected yard waste, food scraps and food-soiled paper. During the pilot, 43 percent of residents placed their compost bins out on the curb for weekly pickup, encouraging city officials to expand the program.

The program will initially be voluntary, but according to city officials who spoke with the New York Times, residential compost collection could eventually become mandatory.

By the end of next year, 150,000 single-family homes will be involved with the program, as well as 100 high-rise buildings and more than 600 schools.

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